Monday, January 31, 2011

Re-birth

Go Postal and his brother worked Saturday at the old pack house (it used to keep the tobacco after it was cured...until it was ready for market) For the past 20-30 years it served as storage for his parent's antique hobby and un-official critter hostel. They spread out several old quilts for me to basically approve getting rid of.....most were completely chewed through, peed on, and basically starting to decompose. But this one had a little rip in the tied top so I gave it a better look. There was a hand quilted string quilt under this one...yes the edges are very worn so the original owner must have wanted to re-decorate and rather than spending money on a new batting just covered this old quilt. The thread used to tie this new top on was completely rotten so it pulled apart pretty easily. I will wash it and then cut it down. I feel bad sending any quilt "away" so I was tickeled that I could find at least a little piece of one that could be salvaged


Here is KB taking a look through a lot of old linens I got in a box at an auction. What I was after was the grandmother's flower garden top....I got that and lots of hand embroidered towels, hankies and tablecloths. She was going to give them to someone for re-purposing. Zorro had become her buddy earlier when she paused to give him a good rub down. I am afraid my generation and beyond are losing their appreciation for handmade items, most want to go to Wal Mart and buy cheap trendy linens that can be changed on a whim.
We had fun in the barn making string blocks, this was my first time...but they are a lot of fun. Mrs Goodneedle did a good job posting pics on her blog. I showed the string blocks to GP's neice and we may try to take her grandfather's ties and do something similar.

So, the quilt room (although a long way from finished) is starting to turn out quilts and good times. Thanks Miss Bee Haven for joining me!

5 comments:

Mrs. Goodneedle said...

Let the good times (in the barn!) continue. Thanks so much for hosting a wonderful, old-fashioned, Bee meeting. I love this post and appreciate (and agree with) your fears regarding handmade articles and the next generation... I suppose it's up to us to do the educating, we'd better get busy.

Zorro looks so COZY~ :)

Karen Newman Fridy said...

It was a fun and productive day!! Loved hanging out in the barn :)

Salem Stitcher said...

Zorro looks very content in that box! I sure missed being there on Saturday. So when's the next quilting in the barn?

quiltteacher said...

Saturday was a fun day. I had a wonder time. You and Go Postal have a beautiful place to call home.:)

Kathleen said...

You should see some of those linens now! Oxiclean and I have become best friends. Thanks for inviting me; you guys are the best!